Seven Nobel Prize winning alumni for Joel's alma mater. Stuyvesant has two graduates in Obama's cabinet.
Now just imagine what we could do with one of these schools in every major city.
Also, this next quote applies to pretty much everyone. The second someone has the confidence that they can do anything and feel empowered, they will do amazing things, which is exactly what you pointed out, Squirrelman.
“Basically, all poor lack confidence even if they have the brains,” Mr Kumar said. “You instil confidence in them, and the world is their oyster.”
“For a year, you walk, eat, sleep, and dream IIT,” he said. “There’s no room for anything else.”
"Mr Kumar is guarded around the clock by three policemen carrying AK-47 rifles."
What really is needed is the lifting of this scarcity so that everybody can learn to the best of their abilities not just a handpicked few (and not just because they happen to be poor!)
I wrote about it in 2006: http://blogs.adventnet.com/svembu/2006/01/19/a-not-so-brief-...
I reposted it now at Zoho:
If you intend to be a responsible citizen in India, you need a licensed Beretta Pistol.
If you intend to be a responsible citizen in India, you need a licensed Beretta Pistol."
This is completely untrue. ( I am Indian and live in India). In India, like in the UK, it is the rare civilian who has a gun, with the badlands of Bihar and some parts of Uttar Pradesh being exceptions. How did you conclude that "being a responsible citizen you need a pistol?"!!